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Tory loyalists strike back

12 March 2013

8:10 PM

12 March 2013

8:10 PM

Lynton Crosby spoke to Tory MPs this evening about the imporance of party discipline. With the Chief Whip in the chair, meetings of the Tory parliamentary party are normally fairly loyalist events. Tonight’s was no exception and with David Cameron and Lynton Crosby in attendance there was an even greater incentive to good behaviour.

I’m told that James Morris, who sits for a West Midlands marginal, earned cheers when he implored colleagues to remember that when they sound off, they hurt those like him who are trying to cling on to their majorities. Kris Hopkins, the no nonsense leader of the 301 Group, complained about ‘self indulgent buffoons’ who keep popping up to tout themselves as alternative leaders. In response to that question, Cameron handed over to Crosby who stressed that one of the things he’d learnt in his time in politics was that people don’t vote for divided parties.

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Sarah Wollaston, the independent minded Tory who was selected in his open primary, did, though, challenge the leadership about its attidue to backbenches. She complained that she’s read about the new Twitter edict on Mail Online before it had actually been delivered to Tory MPs. She asked if the rule about being a participant not a pundit cut both ways or not.

In terms of substance, I’m told that Crosby reassured Tory MPs that the party would be getting back on the aspiration message. But as one senior MP complained to me after the meeting, ‘the conference speech was good. But we’ve heard nothing about it since.’

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  • Guest

    Good try James trying to beat the drum for No.10 – but here are the cold hard facts – there will be no
    majority in 2015 – there might be a new Con-Lib coalition if Ed M can’t
    convince voters on his competence – either way Cameron will go – so it’s
    pragmatic politics for backbenchers and potential leadership successors
    to start maneuvering now – all this guff about “loyalty” is just p***
    and wind – And I notice Lynton Crosby is getting his excuses in early !!
    – “Honest, sport it was the disloyalty that stopped them getting a
    majority not my lumpen tactics “

  • Guest

    Well done James trying to beat the drum for No.10 – you’ll get a pat on the back for that – but here are the cold hard facts – there will be no majority in 2015 – there might be a new Con-Lib coalition if Ed M can’t convince voters on his competence – either way Cameron will go – so it’s pragmatic politics for backbenchers and potential leadership successors to start maneuvering now – all this guff about “loyalty” is just p*** and wind – And I notice Lynton Crosby is getting his excuses in early !! – “Honest, sport it was the disloyalty that stopped them getting a majority not my lumpen tactics “

  • Smithersjones2013

    Kris Hopkins the MP who chose to name his group after the exact vote share that the Tories were to receive at the 2015 election. That is 30.1%………

    Incidentally how does one make a Blairite Cult and a group of Conservatives play nice? Frankly though with Cameron and his cult ‘not for turning’ and charging headlong toward the cliffs, it might be an idea for conservatives to bail and bail early. It would be an even greater disaster if Cameron took the party with him as he and his cult play out their suicide pact………!

  • HookesLaw

    Certainly seems that the Spectator Coffee House blog has become totally pointless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004981542519 Tom Tom

      We won’t miss you when you return to Central Office

  • the viceroy’s gin

    These permutations of telemucus are definitely worth the price of admission here.

    I think telemucus Vrai should submit a weekly piece to the Speccie. It’d be better than a lot of the usual tripe, I bet. Witty. Ironic. Totally irreverent. Not a bit of the usual Speccie bootlicking.

    • HookesLaw

      For all we know it just another of your pen names. I suppose like you he contributes nothing.

      • Daniel Maris

        Viceroy pretends to be a member of the British polity when he’s actually eking out a living on the North American prairies.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          My 2 favorite pretend-conservatives, back to back. 😉

          • HookesLaw

            I am indeed a conservative. One whose father used to work down the pit. I can remember Mrs Thatchers first cabinet which was more left wing than the current one.
            I can remember when losing candidates in a leadership election were loyal and supportive and not self serving troublemakers.

            • the viceroy’s gin

              No, you are not a conservative.

              And your bootlicking second paragraph pretty much confirms that.

              We conservatives are not tribalist dweebs.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004981542519 Tom Tom

              “One whose father used to work down the pit.” Pointless comment because he was not a Conservative

  • Daniel Maris

    Since when were polticians supposed to take a vow of silence. They’re not doing their job if they don’t tell us what they think.

  • Vrai Telemachus

    All that matters to these people is keeping themselves in clover, or gravy. The real power behind the changes taking place in Britain uses them as useful idiots. Indeed the entire Westminster circus is an efficient diversionary activity which engrosses the energies and attention of those who might possibly do something to impede our revolutionary progress.

    But it is much easier to complain about who said what to whom at these pointless meetings than to plot and act like a reactionary insurgency. And so we win, even while you are busy thinking the mere expression of your opinions matters.

    You have the toothless Parliament you deserve, while we have gained real political and social power. We have not been afraid to act, you have been afraid to even talk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vrai.telemachus.5 Vrai Telemachus

      Via Facebook

      This tripe reminds me of a cross between Maidstone and Mustard

      A23

      • Vrai Telemachus

        All are well aware that the true telemachus uses the identifier code J3. No one has any clue what your random alphanumeric impostures mean, nor any interest in discovering. I think you will find that you do not cut the mustard.

        J3

    • dalai guevara

      not bad indeed

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004981542519 Tom Tom

    “Kris Hopkins, the no nonsense leader of the 301 Group,” Otherwise regarded as the sycophantic toady who as Bradford Council Leader spent £100,000 of Ratepayers money on the Pakistan Cricket Team to underwrite Yorkshire Cricket Club costs for the match and a Civi Reception in Bradford…….must have helped him in Keighley when nominations as PPC came around. Yes Kris Hopkins, Media Studies Lecturer and disastrous Council Leader whose role in the City Hole/Westfield Project revealed the full scale of his inability-

    • Austin Barry

      Surely, the Pakistan Cricket Team could garner enough in spot-betting bribes to pay for its own civic reception?

      • http://www.facebook.com/vrai.telemachus.5 Vrai Telemachus

        Via facebook

        James Morris of course is a favourite of his local paper and local councillors

        “We note your support for the Halesowen food bank, as featured in the Halesowen News (Foodbank thanks to kind shoppers. Thursday 3rd, January 2013). Whilst we share your enthusiasm for volunteering and community action, surely you can’t be unaware of the irony of your own personal position.

         

        Your support for the policies of this Government is directly responsible for the current proliferation of food banks, set up to alleviate the economic desperation felt by local victims of the Coalition’s divisive policies. ”

        C18-see clue 18th verse of psalm 18

        • Vrai Telemachus

          Well, the bogus telemachus will just not give up. This poster, whoever he is, is related to banking and share trading in some way, just look up the posts from the false names he uses. He is a reactioanry posing badly as a socialist. But he is certainly no progresivve

          J3

    • HookesLaw

      £50,000. The council as a whole and its chief executive spent the money. Bradford councils budget is about 1 billion. I am sure it wastes quite a bit of that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004981542519 Tom Tom

        It was £50,000 to Yorkshire Cricket Club which lost £2 million on the match plus a Civic Reception and open-top bus tour …..

        • http://twitter.com/MisterQuintus Tony Quintus

          wastes some money? they waste A TON of money, the roads are falling apart but we have brand new nicely tarmaced speed ramps, we have new 20mph zones, but no lights on the signage, we have a library which has tons of office space cut off for want of a fire rated staircase, we have a city park with no trees, an Odeon with years of corruption and lies, a hole in the heart, empty buildings everywhere, and as for their HUGE spending cuts, I could do better with my eyes closed.

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